Andzrej Fonfara preparing for Glen Johnson fight; running charity 5K this weekend

Credit: Magda Marczewska
Credit: Magda Marczewska

World ranked light heavyweight professional boxer Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara will take a short break from his intense training this Saturday morning, June 23rd to participate in the “RUN THE RIDGE’ 5K in Burr Ridge, Illinois.

The 24 year old Fonfara is spending the excessively hot summer Chicago days preparing for his showdown with former world champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson in the main event at “CROSSROADS” set for Friday, July 13th at the UIC Pavilion and broadcast on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

Credit: Magda Marczewska

“Training has been terrific and I will be at my very best to face Johnson on July 13th. The heat in Chicago over the last week has worked to my advantage, particularly during training and sparring sessions” said Fonfara.

The “RUN THE RIDGE” 5K, sponsored by Codilis and Associates PC benefits the Turning Pointe Autism Foundation.

Continued Fonfara, “As part of my training I run almost every day and I’m happy to contribute my time to this most worthy cause.”

For more information on the “RUN THE RIDGE” 5K, visit their website at

Just 24 years old, Fonfara, 21-2-0 (12 KO’s), has built a reputation in the vast Chicago Polish community and among local boxing fans as a hard punching, all action fighter with dynamite knockout power in both hands.

In his last start on March 16th, Fonfara brutally stopped former world champion Byron Mitchell in the third round in front of thousands of local supporters at the UIC Pavilion.

A native of Warsaw Poland, now based in Chicago, Fonfara is currently ranked #9 by the World Boxing Association.

Compiling a record of 51-16-2 with 35 knockouts, future Hall of Famer Glen Johnson holds wins against numerous boxing legends and former world champions including Roy Jones, Antonio Tarver, Clinton Woods and Chicago’s Montell Griffin.

The co-main event will feature a ten round welterweight battle between legendary two-time former world champion Jose Luis “EL Terrible” Castillo and longtime Chicago fan favorite Ivan “EL Marro” Popoca.

Presented by 8 Count Productions, Warriors Boxing, Round 3 and Blue Wave Boxing, advance tickets for “CROSSROADS”, priced at $151, $101, $51 and $31, can be obtained through Ticketmaster (, 1-800-745-3000), the 8 Count Productions Offices, 312-226-5800 or the UIC Pavilion Box Office, 312-413-5740.

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